Florida Senator Bill Nelson has joined the latest Democratic Senator to join the chorus to end marriage discrimination in this nation. This leaves only a small number of Democrats and all but two Republicans in the Senate supporting marriage discrimination. Nelson wrote in his endorsement of same-sex marriage that:
It is generally accepted in American law and U.S. society today “… that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” I believe that. The civil rights and responsibilities for one must pertain to all.
Thus, to discriminate against one class and not another is wrong for me.
If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?
Simply put, if The Lord made homosexuals as well as heterosexuals, why should I discriminate against their civil marriage? I shouldn’t, and I won’t.
So I will add my name to the petition of senators asking the Supreme Court to declare the law that prohibits gay marriage unconstitutional.
The argument for marriage bigotry holds little to no water. The argument rests entirely on a Biblical understanding of human cohabitation and not on the scientific, logical or rational. According to the founding principals of the United States, as envision in the quote from Thomas Jefferson, a person’s actions should only be restricted if they impact another in a negative manner. Thus, murder should be illegal because it deprives a person of their life. Theft should be illegal because it deprives a person of their property. Slavery should be illegal because it deprives a person of their liberty.
Simply put, a crime is a crime because it deprives someone of something that all people should have, and the only way something is not a crime is if it is taken away through due process- that is, showing absolute and just cause for why someone should be deprived of these things.
For instance, the State can only murder someone if and only if there is sufficient cause to deprive someone of their life. This could include them depriving someone of their life without cause or said person actively engaging in military action on American soil. A person can have their property taken from them if they, say, stole that property to begin with or are given adequate compensation. A person can be deprived of their liberty if the courts find that they committed a crime heinous enough to warrant incarceration.
Given that marriage between two people of the same sex does no more harm to children than opposite-sex marriage; that same-sex marriage does not deprive someone of their property; and was taken from same-sex couples without just cause, it is easy to see why people are starting to side with allowing same-sex marriage to be legal.